L’Oréal India has announced the elevation of four leaders from the India management team to regional leadership roles spanning the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (SAPMENA) zone. Kavita Angre, Director – Consumer and Market insights and Media, will now head Consumer and Market Insights for SAPMENA, Aalok Oke’s role has been expanded from Director of India Operations to Deputy Director – Operations, SAPMENA region, Yogesh Suradkar will head Research and Innovation for SAPMENA and Rajesh Gopal will take on the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Middle East and North Africa, in addition to his responsibilities as CIO India.
Amit Jain, Managing Director, L'Oréal India, said, “I am delighted to see Kavita, Aalok, Yogesh and Rajesh selected to lead critical roles central to Loreal’s global growth strategy. It is testimony to India’s unique position as a talent hub for L’Oréal globally. The experience of these leaders having worked in a diverse and complex market like India is an important asset and will help shape L’Oréal’s beauty leadership and transformative growth across the SAPMENA zone.”
Oke started his career at L'Oréal in 1999 working on all aspects of operations across India, Europe and Japan. Recognised for his entrepreneurial mindset, delivery of results and building high performing teams, Oke grew to become the Director of Operations India, a position he held for over four years. Oke has a deep understanding of operations and product development and his expertise will be key to leading emerging markets in his new role as Deputy Director – Operations, SAPMENA region.
Angre joined L’Oréal India in 2013 as the Consumer and Market Insights (CMI) Director. Having worked across markets including India, UK and Singapore, and different product categories, she brings a strong understanding of the beauty consumer, backed by critical analytical skills. In 2018, she took additional charge of the Media function in India. In her new role, Angre will lead the CMI function for the SAPMENA Zone and help L’Oréal build a stronger understanding of beauty consumers and share actionable insights for driving growth. She will also be responsible for M&A opportunities in the region.
Suradkar joined L’Oréal in India in 2016 as a General Manager, Cosmetics Metiers and was promoted to Director of Research and Innovation in India in 2019. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in Beauty and Grooming across categories and the academic world where he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. In this role, Suradkar will be responsible for creating holistic beauty experiences through disruptive and sustainable innovations to transform the lives of three billion consumers in the SAPMENA zone.
Gopal is currently CIO of L’Oréal India and a part of the India Digital Council, where he has been instrumental in creating the digital roadmap to further the company’s business ambitions. Since joining the company in 2019, Gopal has been the architect of aligning Information Technology to the business strategy, working closely with the India business and the zonal teams.